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High profile lecture series set to put charity’s largest site at Idle Valley on the map

Wednesday 5th August

High profile lecture series set to put charity’s largest site at Idle Valley on the map

This autumn and winter, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the county’s largest locally based conservation charity, has lined up a series of high profile speakers for events at the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre.

The Centre, which is owned by North Notts College and acts as a gateway to the Trust’s Idle Valley Nature Reserve, will host four special talks on a range of environmental and natural history topics. The series will kick off on October 16 with a fascinating talk by author, journalist and campaigner George Monbiot. Mr Monbiot will be speaking on the subject of Rewilding, an issue with real resonance in today’s conservation movement as it explores the potential for large-scale conservation, the restoration of natural processes and the need to protect and potentially reintroducing key species.

On December (Friday 11th) the charity will welcome blogger, author and environmental campaigner Mark Avery. Mark worked for the RSPB for 25 years - the last 13 of which were as conservation director. With published work including A message from Martha, Inglorious and Behind the binoculars. His lecture: 10 New Year's resolutions for the wildlife enthusiast who wants to make a difference, and invites you to question how should you deploy your energies to do the best for wildlife in 2016? Tickets for this event can be purchased here or in person at the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre.

For more information about Mark please visit his website: http://www.markavery.info 

In the New Year the Trust will welcome its Vice President, Mike Dilger of BBC1's The One Show and in March Patrick Barkham, Natural History writer with The Guardian, will be sharing his knowledge of badgers. Tickets for Mike Dilgers talk can be purchased here and those for Patrick Barkham's presentation will go on sale shortly.

Speaking about the new programme Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Chief Executive Rob Fitzsimons said: “The Idle Valley is our largest nature reserve and it is home to an amazing array of wildlife. However, many people have yet to visit the reserve or use the great facilities of the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre. We hope that this series of talks and lectures will help put the reserve on the map as great place to learn about wildlife as well as to see wildlife”.

For more information about the lecture series and other events at the Idle Valley please visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/events

The Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre is owned by North Notts College. Nottinghamshire Wildlife operates a café and visitor reception for the nature reserve from the centre as well as renting office space in the Centre for its North Notts operations. 

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